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>> glor: tonight, a saturday standoff ends in egypt. security forces clear out protesters holed up inside a mosque as the government talks of banning the muslim brotherhood. charlie d'agata is in british poli re's new information in the death of princess diana. kelly cobiella is in london. a once-quiet neighborhood in california faces a crime wave, and turns to private patrols. john blackstone is there. and playing clean. danielle nottingham on one sport without a whiff of scandal. >> they can come out and fall in love with these girl, and they won't let them down on the field or off the field. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news." >> glor: good evening, everyone.
i'm jeff glor with a western edition of the broadcast. and the epicenter of the unrest in egypt today moved a mosque in cairo, where supporters will of the ousted president mohammed morsi gathered before they were cleared out violently. this was the scene as members of the muslim brotherhood barricaded themselves inside. that did not last. since wednesday now, when the heavy fighting began, more than 700 have been killed, more than 5,000 injured. we begin with charlie d'agata. >> reporter: the standoff at the fatah mosque ended the way all confrontations have ended this week-- in a hail of gunfire. a muslim brotherhood spokesman told us more than 1,000 of its supporters had taken shelter inside the mosque yesterday to escape fierce fighting in nearby ramses square. it became a field clinic to the wounded and a makeshift morgue. they were trapped over night, surrounded by security forces and armed vigilantes terrified to leave.
omaima halawa was among those inside. >> reporter: some people began to leave this morning under military protection. but dozens of demonstrators had barricaded themselves inside, refusing to go. police fired tear gas into the building and that's when the gun battle erupted. soldiers blasted the mosque after gunmen opened fire from the second floor window. after it was over, the security forces were hailed as heroes by the crowds that had gathered outside. and this afternoon, a top government advisor insisted the protesters were in fact terrorists. >> you cannot justify a
political difference or a political dispute by just inflicting and imposing acts of terror on an innocent society. >> reporter: jeff, raising the stakes even higher, an interim government spokesman said they're considering a proposal to ban the muslim brotherhood. and tonight, egyptian prosecutors said they're placing 250 muslim brotherhood supporters under investigation for murder, attempted murder, and terrorism. >> glor: the president addressed the situation in egypt on thursday, announcing he was canceling joint exercises with the egyptian military. tonight on martha's vineyard, the president is wrapping up his vacation. our chief white house correspondent major garrett is there as well. major, the administration urged the military not to resort to violence. it's now continued for four days. why does the administration believe it was ignored? >> the administration believes the egyptian military decided to break the back of the muslim
brotherhood once and for all, try to reduce or eliminate its will to protest and resist in the streets. this is a risky short-term strategy, jeff, because it could push egypt closer to a civil war if the muslim brotherhood doesn't back down or others in egypt not aligned with it also turn against the military. the administration believes the military has decided it will not pursue any kind of democratic reforms until it's dealt with the muslim brotherhood. we're in the stages now seeing if that strategy will succeed. one thing administration officials have concluded-- they were powerless to stop this turn of events. >> glor: major, some critics say the white house's refusal to call this a coup, removing morsi, gave an indirect signal to use violence. how does the white house respond to that? >> the white house believes, jeff, if they called this a coup that would have set in motion a process under u.s. law to take away all or part of more than $1 billion in financial and military aid to the egyptian military. most of that aid is, in fact, military, and much of it is
related to contracts here in the united states, so there are u.s. jobs involved. the administration did not want to cost any u.s. jobs or lose the leverage with the egyptian military. they concede now, measuring that leverage is very difficult to do once the egyptian military has ignored all pleas to pursue peace instead of violence. nevertheless, the administration wants to keep that leverage but as several have told me if this bloodshed continues something along the lines of changing this aid will have to change. >> glor: major garrett, thank you. 16 years ago this month in paris, princess diana died in a violent car crash. tonight, police in london say they've received new information about the case. kelly cobiella is there. >> reporter: the crash in a paris tunnel that killed princess diana, dodi al fayed, and their driver, henri paul, was the fault of the driver, drunk and speeding away from the chasing paparazzi. at least that's what a court ruled in 2008, case closed until today. in a statement, scotland yard
announced they're taking another look at the deaths, scoping information they've received and assessing its relevance and credibility. the assessment will be carried out by officers from the specialist crime and operations command. this new information about diana's death reportedly came from the in-laws of a former soldier and was passed on by the royal military police. the deaths of diana and dodi al fayed were investigated for 11 years at a cost of $12 million. there were countless rumors and conspiracy theories, including an alleged letter from diane to her butler, claiming her former husband, prince charles, was plotting to kill her. al fayed's father, mohammed al fayed, former owner of harrods insisted the two were murdered. investigations by the police and courts ruled that out citing insufficient evidence. a spokesman for mr. al fayed said he had no comment to make but said he would be interested in seeing the outcome, adding
that he trusts the metropolitan police will investigate the information with vigor. scotland yard is not talking about this new information beyond what they've said in their statement. they did say the information is not part of the old investigation, not a rehash of old facts. a royal spokesman said there will be no comment from prince charles, prince william, or prince harry. jeff. >> glor: kelly cobiella, thank you. reinforcements are moving to idaho tonight where more than 700 firefighters are battling a wildfire roaring through the mountains near haley, ketchum, and sun valley. today the sun valley ski resort turned on its water cannons, which are normally used to make snow, to protect lodges and chairlifts. the beaver creek fire grew by 15 square miles overnight and has now blackened more than 144 square miles. at least 1,600 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders. and from wildfires out west to another problem in the south, we
bring in meteorologist david bernard from our miami station wfor. david, what is happening? >> reporter: good evening, jeff. wouldn't you know it, where we need the rain we're not seeing it and where we don't need any more rain we're getting too much of it and that's in the southeast. first we have a stalled front across the coast and that is the focus for a lot of shower and thunderstorm activity, but adding to all that is tropical moisture coming from the a weak tropical disturbance in the southern bay. that doesn't look like it's going to develop anytime soon. it will bring a lot more rain to the area and through tomorrow night, widen to two-inch rains are possible, where we see the yellows and reds, especially in the coastal areas. we could be talking about four to six inches of rain and in some cases we might see more than that upon. >> glor: david bernard, thank you. it was one of washington's biggest guessing games-- who will president obama appoint to be the next federal reserve chairman. the name janet yellin figures prominently in the speculation, but not always, her supporters say, for the right reasons.
jeff pegues has more on that. >> reporter: the president is candid about the choice he faces-- >> it is definitely one of the most important economic decision i'll make in the remainder of my presidency. >> reporter: among the favorites, former obama economic adviser lawrence summers and the current vice chair of the federal reserve, janet yellin. taken together the names spark debate whether sexism is at play in the decision. just look at the headlines-- sex, money, and gravitas. and "funny how gender never came up during bernanke's nomination." a woman has never held the job, and professor lara brown said there is a perception of bias. >> these are roles that are seen as men's issues-- money and war. and both of those things require sort of a masculine temperament, according to the stereotypes. >> reporter: while summers isn't weighing in on the debate, his comment eight years ago about gender differences in
mathematical abilities still haunt him. during a speech as harvard president, summers was quoted as saying, it does appear on many, many different human attributes, there is a difference in the standard deviation and variability of a male and a female population." summers apologized. former vice chair of the federal reserve, alice rivlin has worked with both summers and yellin. >> i cannot believe that in 2013, we are having a discussion of whether a woman could run the fed. that's ridiculous. >> reporter: serious fed watchers care less about gender and more about how fast new chief might move to reign in a fed policy keeping interest rates low, and on that score, according to recent polls, yellin is wall street's favorite. jeff. >> glor: jeff pegues, thank you very much. the state department was
offering a $5 million reward for his arrest and conviction, and tonight, we've learned prominent mexican cartel boss mario rameriz-trevino was picked up by mexican police near rio bravo just south of the u.s. border. he headed the sold gulf cartel. chris christie vetoed part of a bill legalizing marijuana that can be injected to relief pain, but at the same time, he also made it easier for chronically ill children to receive relief. here is terrell brown. >> reporter: jennie stormes' 14-year-old son, jack, has a rare form of epilepsy called dravet syndrome, it affects his ability to speak and walk and causes seizures. >> he goes through seizures every day. >> he had one this morning. >> reporter: he had four this morning. he had brain surgery but only one thing seemed to help. >> we tried medical marijuana, saw huge changes, huge difference and a lot of
>> reporter: the strain does not have t.h.c., the chemical that makes a person high. he's not smoking it. >> no. >> reporter: he's not getting high from it. >> never getting high. >> reporter: so what is the image i should see for a child using medical marijuana? >> you're going to see a normal kid. you're not going to notice any difference. you're going to see a kid taking allergy meds, let's say, claritin. >> reporter: jennie is among new jersey families pressuring governor chris christie to approve expanding the state's medical marijuana program to allow the edible form for kids under 18. yesterday christie did. in a written statement the governor said: but christie would require a pediatrician and a psychiatrist to approve it. the 17 other states that allow medical marijuana for children require only one doctor to sign off. >> go. >> reporter: for patients like
jack storms supply say problem. 1,200 new jersey residents are registered for medical marijuana and there is only one dispensary where they can legally buy it. terrell brown, blairs town, new jersey. >> glor: later, with another prominent baseball player suspended today, meet the league that's never had an issue. and the urban crime wave forces neighborhoods to hire their own security when the cbs evening news continues. the joint pain and swelling f moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. if you're trying to manage your ra, now may be the time to ask about xeljanz. xeljanz (tofacitinib) is a small pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz is an ra medicine that can enter cells and disrupt jak pathways,
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and with crime on the rights, some neighbors are taking extraordinary steps. here's john blackstone. >> reporter: gunfire has become so common on the streets of oakland, california, that even in neighborhoods that once seemed immune to the city's violence, residents are no longer shocked. >> it's like, oh, another shooting. oh, another shooting. >> reporter: jan hetherington has lived for 14 years in the oakland neighborhood of maxwell park. it's a place with glorious views across san francisco bay, neat houses and friendly neighbors. >> this is the most wonderful neighborhood i've ever lived in. >> reporter: and yet you have to bring in private security to feel safe. >> yup. >> reporter: with budget cuts forcing oakland to trim its police force by a third, residents decided to pay themselves for private security patrols, understandable when you hear this-- >> a car came down the stroot, three guys without out with a gun. there was a gun battle three blocks over, and i did hear, actually, a bullet went in
somebody's house. >> reporter: that routine gunfire turned tragic last month. >> our neighbor judy who lived in the next block to me was shot and killed. >> reporter: judy salamon, a 66-year-old dog walker, was murdered as she drove home. who did it and why is unknown. neighbors gathering at the spot where she died feared if it could happen to her, it could happen to anyone. >> right across the street-- boom, boom, boom! >> reporter: pastor gregg brown moved here nine years ago. even he has been threatened at gunpoint right outside his liewght rin church. >> i was scared and i'm still scared. >> reporter: the man with the gun complained about the noisy power washers used to clean the church sidewalk. and a guy with a gun said you stop or i'll shoot you. >> that's how close the crime is. >> it could be any of us. it's scary. >> reporter: 21-year-old joyce nichelini has lived in max well park for 42 years. >> i lock my gate, and lock my
doors. i have alarm alarms and i even t bars on my house. >> reporter: you spent $10,000 on alarm systems and bars to feel safe, do you feel safe? >> no, i don't. i don't. >> reporter: other residents here hope that when the private security patrols begin in a couple of weeks, it will bring a sense of security to a neighborhood most loved too much to leave. john blackstone, cbs news, oakland, california. >> glor: scientists in california go to extremes to create a fake earthquake. we'll explain why next. ♪
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>> former american league m.v.p. es can mig, now playing for the kansas city royals was sippedded 10 five games today for repeated violations of major league baseball's drug policy. in a statement he climbs he was taking it for a medical condition. we turn our attention to a different group of ballparks. unlike tainted pros in major league baseball, all of these athletes are playing clean, doing it for little money and doing it because they love the game. here's danielle nottingham. >> reporter: a sellout crowd has descended on rosemont, illinois, to see the top two teams battle for first place in the national pro fast pitch softball league. monica abbot and amber patton play for the home team. why are so many people attracted to the chicago bandits. >> i think what we put on, on the field, how we play and how we carry ourselves is really pure. >> reporter: what do you mean by pure?
>> we play softball with a child-like love of the game, and that's a pureness that only a 12-year-old knows. >> i think when i grow up, i want to be just like them. >> reporter: it's a sharp contrast to shadow cast on professional baseball from the recent drug-related suspensions of some of the game's brightest stars. >> it's very unfortunate to see what's happened in baseball. >> reporter: jennie finch played in the women's professional league until 2010 and won a gold medal in 2004. >> my husband is a baseball player and i have two boys along with a daughter and it concerns me as a parent finding out all the scandals going on in professional sports. >> reporter: no female on the international level has ever tested positive for banned substances. >> all of us jobs outside this three month season and unfortunately when the big money gets into that, and it is their jobs that tempts them we're trying to create a great image and see this thing really take
off so one day those young girls can do this for a living. >> reporter: the league has struggled since its start in 1997. but the line for autographs still stretches around the stadium. >> they're just so amazing and they've worked so hard to get there, and it's just incredible. >> reporter: they'll sign each one, hoping to inspire the next generation of athletes to play the game the right way. danielle nottingham, cbs news, rosemont, illinois. >> glor: that is the cbs evening news tonight. later on cbs, two editions of "48 hours." i'm jeff glor, cbs news in new york. i'll see you again here tomorrow night. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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